Online tool promotes safe material handling
Montreal – Scientific research organization IRSST has released a free online resource intended to help identify workplace musculoskeletal disorder risks and avoid injuries related to material handling.
Manual material handling is widespread, IRSST researchers said in a press release, and it accounts for almost 30 percent of occupational injuries compensated in Canada.
The support tool includes five worksheets that focus on the following objectives:
- Identify: Where are the problems or risks?
- Set priorities: Where are the most important places to intervene?
- Understand: What must be known about the selected situations?
- Transform: What targeted areas can be improved?
- Train: What must be known to plan training?
The resource recommends forming a working committee to help implement material handling changes and training. Suggested members of the committee include members of the health and safety committee, foremen, and several handlers – some novice and some experienced.